Veggie Brownies Recipe – Zucchini and Beets!

Veggie Brownies Recipe – Zucchini and Beets!

This veggie brownies recipe is one of those that you must taste to believe.  Packed with 2 cups of zucchini and a cup of beets, you wouldn’t think that they could taste very good.  Not only do they taste like brownies, they are my favorite vegan brownie recipe!  These hidden veggie brownies come out perfect with gluten free or wheat flour and are soy free too!

This veggie brownies recipe is one of those that you must taste to believe. Packed with 2 cups of zucchini and a cup of beets, you wouldn’t think that they could taste like brownies. Not only do they taste like brownies, they are my favorite vegan brownie recipe! They come out perfect with gluten free or wheat flour and are soy free too! thehiddenveggies.com

If you are looking for a sweet chocolatey treat without all the guilt, this veggie brownies recipe is just the thing you are looking for!

This veggie brownies recipe is one of those that you must taste to believe. Packed with 2 cups of zucchini and a cup of beets, you wouldn’t think that they could taste like brownies. Not only do they taste like brownies, they are my favorite vegan brownie recipe! They come out perfect with gluten free or wheat flour and are soy free too! thehiddenveggies.com

I got the idea for these brownies from my friend Rachel who makes the most delicious gluten free brownies with zucchini in them.  I decided to try to make them a little healthier by reducing the sugar and oil a little and adding beets.  To my surprise, they came out delicious!  Best of all, my zucchini and beet hating son LOVES them!

What if I need to hide the veggies from picky eaters?

If you have picky eaters, make sure to chop the zucchini up very fine in a food processor.  This will help hide the little green flex.   There will be some little dots of zucchini at the top of the veggie brownies, so I make a chocolate fudge frosting to hide them and add another layer of deliciousness!  This frosting is seriously amazing and I highly recommend using it!

How do I make veggie brownies?

To make this veggie brownies recipe, chop up 2 cups of zucchini in very fine pieces in your food processor. (This is usually about 8-10 inch long zucchini).

chopping up the zucchini for the veggie bronies recipe.

Then puree 1 cup of pre-cooked beets.  (An immersion blender works the best for this).  I find pre-cooked beets that are ready to eat with the produce at Trader Joe’s or other major grocery stores.  You can also use canned beets or steam and peel fresh beets.

Pureeing the beets for the veggie brownies recipe.

This veggie brownies recipe is one of those that you must taste to believe. Packed with 2 cups of zucchini and a cup of beets, you wouldn’t think that they could taste like brownies. Not only do they taste like brownies, they are my favorite vegan brownie recipe! They come out perfect with gluten free or wheat flour and are soy free too! thehiddenveggies.com

Mix the chopped zucchini and beet puree to a large mixing bowl, add the sugar and mix.

This veggie brownies recipe is one of those that you must taste to believe. Packed with 2 cups of zucchini and a cup of beets, you wouldn’t think that they could taste like brownies. Not only do they taste like brownies, they are my favorite vegan brownie recipe! They come out perfect with gluten free or wheat flour and are soy free too! thehiddenveggies.com
Chopped zucchini and beet puree.

Then add the remaining ingredients and stir.

This veggie brownies recipe is one of those that you must taste to believe. Packed with 2 cups of zucchini and a cup of beets, you wouldn’t think that they could taste like brownies. Not only do they taste like brownies, they are my favorite vegan brownie recipe! They come out perfect with gluten free or wheat flour and are soy free too! thehiddenveggies.com

Pour into an oiled 8×11 baking pan and bake.

Batter for the veggie brownies recipe before it is cooked.

Let the brownies cool completely and then mix up the fudge frosting and pour evenly over the top of the brownies. (optional)

This veggie brownies recipe is one of those that you must taste to believe. Packed with 2 cups of zucchini and a cup of beets, you wouldn’t think that they could taste like brownies. Not only do they taste like brownies, they are my favorite vegan brownie recipe! They come out perfect with gluten free or wheat flour and are soy free too! thehiddenveggies.com

Watch your kids love eating their veggies!

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This veggie brownies recipe is one of those that you must taste to believe. Packed with 2 cups of zucchini and a cup of beets, you wouldn’t think that they could taste like brownies. Not only do they taste like brownies, they are my favorite vegan brownie recipe! They come out perfect with gluten free or wheat flour and are soy free too! thehiddenveggies.com
VEGGIE BROWNIES RECIPE
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
45 mins
 

Vegan and gluten free brownies made with zucchini and beets.  Packed with veggies, but full of flavor!

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: gluten free, vegan
Servings: 24
Calories: 135 kcal
Author: Monica | The Hidden Veggies
Ingredients
For Veggie Brownies
  • 2 cups zucchini finely chopped or grated
  • 1 cup cooked beets pureed
  • 1 1/4 cup vegan sugar
  • 1/4 cup neutral flavored oil like vegetable or canola
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 2 cups gluten free flour mix or regular wheat flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 coat non-stick spray oil or any neutral oil to rub on the baking pan.
Fudge Frosting:
  • 1/3 cup refined coconut oil
  • 3 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 3 tbsp powdered sugar (use a vegan variety)
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
Instructions
For Veggie Brownies:
  1. Preheat oven to 350° F.

  2. Chop zucchini in a food processor or by hand with a cheese grater and place in a large mixing bowl.

  3. Puree cooked beets and add them to the zucchini.

  4. Sprinkle sugar over veggies and stir with a spoon.

  5. Add remaining ingredients and stir slowly until mix well and it creates a thick batter.

  6. Spray oil on a 9x13 baking dish or rub with a coating of any neutral flavored oil.

  7. Pour brownie batter in the oiled pan and bake at 350° F for 30 minutes.

For Fudge Frosting:
  1. If topping with fudge frosting, let the brownies cool completely.

  2. Melt coconut oil and add cocoa powder, powdered sugar, vanilla, and salt.

  3. Mix well with a fork or small whisk to make sure all the clumps are out.

  4. Pour evenly over the brownies.  Pick up the pan and rock it back and forth to make an even layer of fudge over the brownies. 

  5. The fudge will harden as it cools.  Put in the fridge to firm up faster.

  6. Cut into squares.

Recipe Notes
  • To make brownies more fudge like, reduce baking soda by 1/2 tsp.
  • To make brownies more cake like, increase baking soda by 1/2 tsp. 
  • Chop the zucchini very small to hide it better in the brownies.
  • If topping with fudge frosting, cut into squares when frosting is firm, but not too hard or it will crack.
  • This recipe will work with regular wheat flour and most gluten free flour mixes.  (I have not tried this with almond flour). 
Nutrition Facts
VEGGIE BROWNIES RECIPE
Amount Per Serving
Calories 135 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 5g 8%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Sodium 167mg 7%
Potassium 82mg 2%
Total Carbohydrates 21g 7%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 12g
Protein 1g 2%
Vitamin A 0.4%
Vitamin C 2.6%
Calcium 1.2%
Iron 4.4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

These brownies are in between cakey and fudgy.  You can increase the baking soda by 1/2 tsp for more cake like brownies or decrease it by 1/2 tsp for fudgy brownies.

Enjoy!

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This veggie brownies recipe is one of those that you must taste to believe. Packed with 2 cups of zucchini and a cup of beets, you wouldn’t think that they could taste like brownies. Not only do they taste like brownies, they are my favorite vegan brownie recipe! They come out perfect with gluten free or wheat flour and are soy free too! thehiddenveggies.com

Do you like sneaking in extra veggies where you can?

Try these Healthy Vegan Muffins with Hidden Veggies!  A healthy muffin that tastes like a cupcake!

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